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right now, frightening moments for a family at a rodeo when an out of control bull jumps straight into the stands. plus, bernie madoff in his own words. talks about how it all got started and why the whole thing was a nightmare for him. also, the 83rd annual academy awards. last night's winners, plus some of the moments that has everyone talking this morning. on this "american morning."
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and good morning to you. thanks so much for being with us, monday, february 28th. i'm kiran chetry. >> and i'm ali velshi. t.j. holmes is off getting some well-deserved r & r. >> i know you didn't get a lot of shut eye last night, you were watching the oscars. we had a vigorous debate over whether or not scarlet johansson's dress was wonderful or not. first, it's the news that really hits home. surging gas and oil prices could cause serious damage to the economy and, obviously, to your wallet. >> you might have been doing a double-take at the pump. and this morning, for a gallon of gas $3.37 on average across america. drivers in california, alaska, and hawaii already paying more than $3.70 for a gallon of regular.
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and soon, the rest of the country could be seeing prices that high, as well. all right. so there are few fronts here. one is the gas you're paying for your gallon -- the gas you're paying for your car, the impact that has on everything else that you're doing. let me just give you some sense of oil and gas prices. they've been rising mostly on fears in the middle east, unrest in the middle east in north africa. if those things spread to countries that really produce a lot of oil, particularly to saudi arabia, that's going to be problem. the number one exporter is saudi arabia. higher gas and oil prices mean higher prices for just about everything. from the things you eat to the things you wear. this is gas prices from february 15th to now. basically the end of february. take a look at the way they've increased. here's where oil hit $100 a barrel for the first time in two years. and you can see obviously gas prices follow the price of oil, and it lags. oil at $100 a barrel and you saw
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over the course of the next week gas prices increase. what does that mean to you? that means if oil prices continue to increase, even if they stay where they are now, around the same price, there are some people who say it's going to go up even more. gordon chang is an economist at forbes.com. he warns if oil prices keep on rising, the economy -- the economy could drift back to a recession. listen to this. >> confidence right now around the world, not just in the united states, but around the world is fragile. and we've got to remember that oil is not just energy. because it also affects food. it really feeds directly into food very quickly. and food inflation, which is already very bad is going to get worse. so clearly this is going to affect us in all phases of our lives. and the most important thing is it could send the world into the double-dip downturn. >> that's the last thing anybody wanted to hear, as well.
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we looked like we were clearing that hurdle when it came to going into another recession. >> we don't want to worry about another recession, but we worry about gas as the price we see at the pump. you don't follow anything else like the price of gas. it's not just the gas you put in your car, everything that gets trucked, shipped, factories. it really could be a bit of a problem. one estimate is that just with oil prices where they are now because gas prices lag oil prices, we could see 35 to 37 cents more over the course of the next few weeks. >> this is not the usual time that we see gas prices. >> this is the most expensive february gas we've ever seen. we'll keep on top of the story. and we want to bring people up to date on what's going on in libya. where moammar gadhafi is slowly being backed into a corner pretty much by the world and his own security forces. hillary clinton is now calling on gadhafi to go.
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she's in geneva today attending a u.n. human rights council meeting and confirms the u.s. is ready to help opposition groups in labia that are trying to topple the libyan leader. john mccain insists it is time to get tough. he wants the u.s. to declare libya a no-fly zone to stop gadhafi from using air power to massacre his own people. there is a humanitarian crisis with tunisia. tens of thousands of people have thread the violence and are now stranded there. along with tough u.n. sanctions imposed against libya over the weekend, we're now hearing some of gadhafi's own security forces are turning on him and joining the opposition. reiters reporting anti-government forces have shot down an aircraft and captured its crew. cnn is working to confirm that. nic robertson joins us by phone from the libyan capital of tripoli this morning. nic, good morning. how are things in tripoli?
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is this still a city under control of moammar gadhafi and his supporters? >> reporter: moammar gadhafi seemed to have solidified his control over the capital at the moment. and a city sort of coming out of fear and out of repression. what we see on the road are armed police and armed soldiers. not very many numbers in the city. the strongest around the edge of tripoli. but just driving through the city today, the streets are getting back to normal, more people on the streets, a lot of stores are still shuttered. so it feels far from normal. but it's feeling a lot more normal, people tell us, than it was a few days ago. notwithstanding just 40 minute's drive from the capital here, we were in zawiya yesterday in an important oil-refining town. it'd been taken over by anti-gadhafi protesters.
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16 people killed, soldiers told us they jumped sides because they'd been ordered to shoot on civilians. and around that town, there was a strong gadhafi army. so they strengthened his control and influence over the capital and some of the surrounding areas, ali. one of the spokesmen said they had control over 3/4 of the country. >> we'll stay on top of the story as it rapidly develops. nic robertson in tripoli, libya. and in the next half hour, we'll talk to two libyan-americans, they were able to evacuate tripoli on friday on a chartered ferry. they'll be joining us from malta to tell us about their ordeal. also, 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck central arkansas late last night. centered north of little rock. you could feel it as far away as memphis according to witnesses.
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no reports of any injuries or damage at this point. rob marciano in the weather center this morning. arkansas seeing a lot of these little earthquakes lately. what's going on? >> some of the experts don't know why. it's not even part of the new madrid fault zone, which sees about 200 of these a year. so far there's been a dozen, almost 100 in this particular spot north of little rock for the past -- over the past six months. there are theorys the it has something to do with the natural gas drilling that's been going on up there and what they inject into some of those wells to get some of that gas. but nonetheless, another cluster of earthquakes this morning. even after the 4.7 magnitude quake that came through last night. the other big story, of course, is the weather. a strong system moving across towards the east. and to the south, we've got tornado watches posted for the tennessee and ohio valleys until, well, later on this afternoon. and these watches will continue to motor off. a strong storm system, a spring-like system and we are now into march.
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so it's going to be more prevalent. moving eastward through kentucky. and some of these cells have shown rotation. and the threat for severe weather goes all the way up into southern parts of pennsylvania. now, also some of this moisture getting into chilly air. so we've got winter weather advisories for parts of new england, for freezing rain and sleet with this system, most of that will be north of new york city. we'll be high of 57 degrees. 72 degrees in d.c. a lot of moisture and heat coming up on the east side of this and the backside. 33 degrees the high temperature in chicago. talk more about this active weather situation throughout the morning. >> active is a good way to describe it. we'll catch up with you a little later on. new this morning, dramatic video. kiran was talking about, there's a 2,000-pound bull jumping a fence at a rodeo in north carolina. the bull charged into the stands right into an elderly couple
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sitting in the front row. they both suffered leg and foot injuries. here's how she described it. >> and as i was videotaping, i had my eye on the bull, i thought, we'll get a good shot of him kicking and then he went airborne. and no, i didn't see the couple get hurt because we were fleeing, but as i turned around, that's when i saw that the bull had jumped back in miraculously to the arena and they were both on the floor injured. >> officials at the venue offered to pay the couple's medical bills and gave them unlimited tickets to future events. think they'll be going a lot more? >> that's the way to go. unbelievable. well, i know people like those events. but i don't get it. it's not quite right. >> yeah. i wouldn't -- i appreciate the medical bills, i'm not interested in more tickets to it. newly released video of a metro station escalator collapse in d.c.
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you see people coming off as usual and dozens of riders tumble down the speeding escalator. many of them landed on top of each other. several other hurt in this incident. transit official says the brakes failed to stop the system when an overspeed switch activated. >> why is there an overspeed switch? >> i don't know if it's part of a cleaning thing or a test they do on it but obviously it malfunctioned. >> ouch. 150 pounds of explosives and 15 seconds, that is all it took to take down a public housing high-rise in downtown atlanta on sunday. and with that, a decade's old policy. the atl was the first city to launch a poor housing facility. now the city's putting up new developments to help mixed income families. well, it was sort of the battle of the old versus the new and the old won out last night at the oscars. "the king's speech" was the
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winner. about king george's quest to overcome a speech impediment won four oscars including best picture, upsetting "the social network," colin firth won for best actor, natalie portman won for best actress for her portrayal in "black swan." and we'll have more coming up in 20 minutes. >> yunt want to see the king's speech when it came out. my wife and friends dragged me to, and i ended up loving it. >> see, that's how i was. well, get out or get arrested. protesters are warned to leave the capitol building yesterday. some listened, many others refused. we'll tell you how it turned out. >> they had to clean the thing. >> they wanted them out to clean it up. bernie madoff suggests he's the one you should feel sorry for. bernie madoff in his own words after he gave an interview from
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15 minutes past the hour. a symbolic victory this morning for labor protesters in wisconsin. see they'd been ordered to evacuate the capitol building after two weeks of protests, but hundreds of them refused. they spent the night there anyway. so police backed off ended up allowing them to stay. meanwhile governor scott walker says if his budget isn't passed soon, 1,500 layoff notices will go out. there was a strong show of support for wisconsin state workers in all 50 u.s. capitals this weekend. in olympia, washington, thousands gathered to show their support. tea party activists signed petitions backing wisconsin's governor. convicted ponzi schemer
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bernard madoff claims he's not trying to justify ripping off thousands of investors, but in a recent interview, that's exactly what he does. he says after the crash of 1987, he started borrowing from his investors to maintain those high returns he was offering. as for the victims of this whole thing, he says it's not his investors. he claims none of them can plead poverty. he says he's the victim. he says keeping the scam a secret from his family was a "nightmare for me" adding "even the regulators felt sorry for me asking how did you live with this not being able to tell anybody?" madoff goes on to blame his fat cat investors for not knowing his business was a bust. how can you be making 15% or 18% when everyone is making less money? and by the way, he said, if you don't think they had doubts, they had doubts. even at the end of his massive
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scheme, he said investors were begging him to invest their money. and when he tried to return funds, they wouldn't take them back. as for the reform enacted after the whole crisis, he calls it a joke saying "the whole government is a ponzi scheme." kiran? >> amazing stuff, ali, thanks. the government's monthly jobs report is due at the end of the week. job numbers have been lagging compared to consumer confidence and initial jobless claims. friday's numbers -- february's numbers are expected to carry more weight, by the way, than january's. well, tens of thousands of g-mail users may wake up to find their accounts deleted. a bug reset over accounts this weekend deleting attachments and google chat logs. google released a statement saying they fixed the problem for some users and it's confident that everyone's data will be restored. if you wake up and your entire account -- they say they're
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going to restore it. sit tight. that's scary to wake up and see that. if you're looking to grab a slurpy today, you have several options. seven eleven opened the 40,000th. the company's ceo says the chain is opening a new store every 44 hours. >> they've got a lot of stores in japan. this is a company all over the world. it's been around for a long time, but it's actually quite a vibrant company. >> and got a boost with the slurpee summit. that's sort of like -- me and mcdonald's before i turned over a new leaf. >> i haven't turned that new leaf. the king may have stammered, but oscar voters spoke loud and clear. a recap of the big winners at last night's academy awards. [ male announcer ] a chicken coop:
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you got to wear a tuxedo, so i wore this. the weird part is, i just got a text message from charlie sheen. >> the youngest co-hosts ever. >> also, the youngest co-hosts ever. anne hathaway and james franco bringing a hip, young vibe to the oscars. >> that was what they were supposed to do. they got canned -- i want to reserve judgment because i didn't see a ton of it. but the papers today, the critics were harsh on them. did they deliver? kareen wynter on hollywood's winners and the big night. take a look. >> and the oscar goes to "the king's speech." >> reporter: the king's speech reigned supreme at the oscars and conquered the night's top prize. >> my husband has mechanical
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difficulties with his speech. >> reporter: the small-budget movie about king george vi grew into an inspiring success. academy voters crowned the film's star colin firth best actor. >> i have a feeling my career's just peaked. >> the evening's host, james franco and anne hathaway poking fun at hollywood hits and themselves. >> the dance of the brown duck. >> reporter: hathaway and franco are the youngest hosts in oscar history brought in with the hope of attracting a more youthful oscar audience. >> anne, i must say you look so beautiful and so hip. >> oh, thank you, james. >> yeah. >> you look very appealing to a younger demographic, as well. >> thank you. >> comical moments to sentimental. natalie portman took home the best actress oscar for her
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performance in "black swan." the mother to be teared up during her emotional speech. >> and my beautiful love who choreographed the film and has now given me my most important role of my life. >> reporter: from sweet to salty. best supporting actress winner melissa leo on nhonored for herk in "the fighter" dropped an accidental "f" bomb. >> when i watched kate a few years ago -- >> reporter: christian bale had less colorful language. >> well, a room full of talented and inspirational people, and what the hell am i doing here? >> reporter: hollywood royalty celebrating a golden night. >> there you go. >> i thought the melissa leo part was interesting, the sudden expletive. >> yes, the "f" bomb.
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>> that was hip and young. >> yeah. one of the most talked about moments was kirk douglas. >> i think he looked great. 94 years old. >> yeah, 94 years old. a lot of people say he stole the show when he took the stage to present the award for best supporting actress. and we're five days away from a possible government shutdown. if they can't come to an agreement, what does it mean for all of us? and we're going to talk to two libyan americans who just escaped tripoli on a ferry. they're now safe in malta. they'll tell us why they were hesitant to leave, why they decided to go, and what that trip was like. k? just stay off the freeways, all right? i don't want you going out on those yet. and leave your phone in your purse, i don't want you texting. >> daddy... ok! ok, here you go. be careful. >> thanks dad. >> and call me--but not while you're driving.
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a beautiful shot of columbus circle this morning. >> was it all wet when you came into work? >> no, but it was pouring. >> it was dry and someone else came in and said, it's pouring! >> and everyone had their little boots on this morning. i didn't know and i didn't need them because we came in so early, we avoided the rain. it's going to be 55 for a high in new york and some more rain. so if you're leaving the house later than we are, bring your -- >> did you have an umbrella? time for a look at our top stories this morning. gas prices, that's something else you may have missed. but check the signs this morning because the national average is now $3.37 a gallon.
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right now, california, alaska, and hawaii all have prices above $3.70 a gallon. moammar gadhafi appears to be losing his grip on power. his security forces have turned on him joining the opposition in one town near tripoli. and the international community is turning on him too. secretary of state hillary clinton is calling on gadhafi to step down after the u.n. voted unanimously this weekend to freeze his foreign assets. and shuttle discovery's astronauts are preparing for hair first space walk happening at the international space station this morning. the walk is the first of two planned for this week. the astronauts will be fixing a broken ammonia pump attaching an extension cable. "discovery" is on its final voyage. and both republican and democrat iic lawmakers are workg to avoid a government shutdown over budget issues. >> looks like both sides are considering a two-week
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continuing resolution. this is a budget supposed to be passed in october, right? now we're coming up to march. and they're going to extend it for two more weeks. what does all of this mean? >> it means they like to procrastinate in washington, kiran and ali. this is only monoaday and this washington. both sides appear to be saying they have a deal that will keep things running for another two wee weeks past friday. and house speaker john boehner characterized the nation's mounting deficit as a moral issue in a speech last night using the word moral more than a dozen times. >> we have a moral responsibility to address the problems that we face. and that means working together to cut spending and to rein in government, not shutting it down.
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>> is it acceptable to me to very $4 billion in savings? sure, the make up is up for discussion and negotiation, that negotiation's ongoing, and i'm confident we'll achieve a conclusion on that. >> because at this point both sides don't want to jump off this cliff together. now, this deal if it passes will give both sides time to hammer out another agreement that will keep the government running through september. but with so many house freshmen republicans demanding massive cuts in spending, there is no sign that both sides can make that happen. ali and kiran, basically we're in a situation right now where both sides are only capable of keeping the government running two weeks at a time if this deal passes. there's no guarantee. >> the problem, jim, of course, is the only agreement they came to was to say that they might be able to extend this for two weeks. there's actually no real movement between the democrats and the republicans on the actual budget.
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so, you know, is this -- are they supposed to use this two weeks to actually negotiate and find middle ground on this? >> that's right. basically that's what's going to happen on this. this is a deal to keep talking at this point. and you have to keep in mind, there are a lot of new house republican freshmen up there who don't care at all about what the leaders on both sides want to do in terms of cutting a deal. they came to washington, they believe, with this mandate to stop cutting deals behind closed doors. so unless they see some real cuts, cuts we haven't seen in a long time in this country, it's going to be tough for both sides to get any deal passed at this point. >> thanks so much. the other thing also is the consumer confidence issue, the anxiety issue, and if we get closer and closer to a looming shutdown, how will that affect the broader economy? >> the u.s., at least, gets its business done. this is a big symbol to the rest of the world if the u.s. doesn't get its business done.
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the last known living american veteran of world war i died this morning. frank woodruff buckles was 110 years old. he drove ambulances in france and rose through the ranks. after world war i ended, he became a ship officer on merchant vessels. buckle's family said he died of natural causes in his west virginia home. >> 110 years old.
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the u.s. military coming under fire for the deaths of four americans at the hands of somali pirates. could it have been avoided? >> big question this morning. zain verjee joins us from london with these international headlines and more. so we talked about the ship that was trailing the yacht doing all it could to get a rescue there. what happened between the u.s. military and the somali pirates that's now in question this morning? >> well, what cnn has learned, guys, is that two pirates came on to the u.s. warship as negotiators, but before they left the yacht with the four american hostages, they said if we don't come back, kill the hostages. they went on to the u.s. warship
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and they eventually were detained. and what happened was the hostages were killed. now, there's a lot of debate back and forth about what happened. i spoke to one maritime security official who is very familiar with what happened. and i was told that this is just not negotiating strategies. the biggest mistake, you do not detain negotiators that are coming to talk in good faith. the u.s. isn't giving any official comment. but there was one u.s. source that told cnn that the pirates themselves were not in any position to negotiate. so this source said, well, if that was the case, why would we send them back to the yacht? there's a lot of back and forth, but clearly something went drastically wrong in the way the negotiations were handled. >> on to another story. the protests in the middle east and north africa seem to be spreading again. now oman is seeing an uprising. >> yeah, just a few moments ago, there was a report that crossed saying protesters have blocked
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access to the second largest port in oman in a place called sohar. we're trying to confirm those reports, but this is significant because oman is a big oil exporter and it means prices will continue to go up. the markets will get spooked. over the weekend, there were clashes between police and protesters. two people were killed and the protesters are demanding more jobs. let's talk about oscar night. "the king's speech" was honored in many of the awards leading up to this including in britain. how is the uk reacting to this? >> well, everyone here is gloriously happy, you know. guys -- i actually looked up "social media" a short while ago to see what people were saying. saying colin firth was really humble. they were also talking about stutterers in the uk and how the success of this movie has given them a voice. the headline of one of the
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papers was a stunning triumph for british film. firth was a humble winner. they're talking about how this independent movie made it so big. guys, have you seen it? >> yeah. ali loved it. i didn't get a chance to see it yet. i thought it was interesting. >> i mean, how is that interesting? i thought -- and i thought -- i'm glad it won. i thought it was fantastic. >> well, i'm totally lame. i haven't seen it yet. >> i feel bad, i know. >> we'll all go. >> i did see "the social network." this whole big, big thing of our time that's changed the way we all communicate it didn't win and this one did. it's kind of symbolic. >> who? >> james franco. i did, i didn't have this whole problem with them. i think it's nice to have hosts
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who are just fun and not necessarily sarcastic and biting and mean, but apparently i'm in a minority. >> i don't know, i like the old school, the robin williams. i like the hosts that can perform. because it's a night honoring performances, you know? i don't know. >> yeah. well, i like james franco on "general hospital." >> you think he's cute. >> zain, what a pleasure to see you again. zain verjee. >> you too, ali. >> we'll talk all week, i hope. >> and you can catch zain every morning on "world one" right here on cnn. thanks so much. still ahead, tornado threats for tennessee and the ohio valleys. and the same storm bringing ice to new england. and we will talk to two libyan-americans, brother and sister, they were able to evacuate tripoli on friday on a chartered ferry. they're joining us from malta to tell us about their ordeal.
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43 minutes past the hour right now. hundreds of americans managed to finally escape tripoli, libya, on a u.s.-chartered ferry. it was a boat ride that was not only delayed for two days because of bad weather, but once the ferry set sail, the trip was nearly as harrowing as life on the streets of tripoli. two libyan-americans were on that ferry. a freelance journalist and blogger, and a researcher. thank you, both, for joining us this morning from malta. how are you doing now that you're safely in malta. >> i'm okay. i feel a little disoriented. i feel a lot safer being here in malta. but at the same time, i almost
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feel guilty for being safe here. so a lot of mixed emotions going on with me. >> and we are happy to be safe, happy to be alive. but the situation on the ground in libya, in tripoli is concerning to us. we are in constant contact with family, trying to figure out what's going on, what we can do to help. >> salam, i understand there was mixed emotions, you didn't want to leave. i know your mother wanted you to get out and get somewhere safe. but what is it like now in tripoli? >> yeah. i definitely didn't want to leave. i wanted to be there so that the word could get out -- especially the first few days of this ordeal. there was a total media blackout. it was me along with a couple of friends driving around tripoli trying to take videos, pictures. report what's going on because
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there were no press in libya. so i definitely didn't want to leave because i feel like when the world turns a blind eye, he can do whatever he wants. and he's proven that he doesn't care. >> and -- >> my brother literally was not on the boat with us. like, he literally was not on the boat with us when we were on the boat. and if it wasn't delayed, he would still be in tripoli. and my dad called and he was overseas and i was putting the phone like this far away. and my dad was like, why isn't your brother on the boat? and it took a friend of ours from tucson, arizona, who happened to be on the boat with us. he called my brother and scared him into coming saying my mom's going to have a heart attack if he's not here. and that's how he ended up getting on the boat. >> so i understand what you're saying, you wanted to make sure this story got out there and, of course, you were feeling pulled in both directions because obviously your family wanted you to be safe. i want to ask you guys about the boat itself. we saw these pictures day after
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day, it was supposed to leave, about a six-hour trip to malta. what was it like to sort of be stuck there in limbo? how were you basic needs met in those 48 to 72 hours? >> i mean as far as basic needs, food and bathrooms and things of that nature. i think the staff and everyone who helped us out there. but sitting on a boat in the middle of the harbor, we kind of felt like sitting ducks. every couple of hours we were all told to move to one side of the boat because we thought there were snipers standing outside. it was nerve wracking. weapon almost felt safer in our own homes in tripoli than we did on that boat because we were in the middle of the chaos and things were uncertain. >> yeah, and i think as far as the second of day of being on that boat, we started -- just our minds started thinking, is this a conspiracy theory? or are we more of a target just for being american and for being
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on a boat with so many americans? so it was definitely paranoia and fear being on that boat. >> understandable. >> i think i felt safer than being at home. >> right. and let me just ask you quickly, what happens next. what are the plans to get everybody out of malta. or are you waiting it out until you can go back to libya? or are you coming to the u.s.? >> right now it's uncertain. we're not sure if we want to wait out here or go back to america. the situation's kind of still unclear. the information from the american embassy has been kind of distressing, i guess. i think it's more important to focus on what's going on with libya and what the world can do to stop it. >> well, thank you, both, for telling your personal stories, harrowing ones at that. and i'm glad you're in malta for now and we wish you the best of luck. thanks so much.
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let's get a quick check of this morning's weather headlines. rob marciano in the extreme weather center for us. what's it looking like? >> good morning, ali. several reports of severe weather yesterday, six tornadoes and several more wind reports. and there's certainly some wind energy ahead of it along with other stuff. that wind yesterday helped fan the flames for fires across western parts of texas. and this is a video coming out of it. 55 homes burned to the ground and hundreds of thousands of acres torched with this wind event and fire around the midland area. winds dying down today, it is not critical fire danger, but nonetheless, some of the damage done there. as far as where the storms are moving, rapidly off to the east, a large system from the canadian border all the way down to the gulf of mexico and there is severe weather with this, as well. several tornado watches are posted. most of them in the tennessee and ohio river valleys. and right now with this line across kentucky, we do have one tornado warning that's been
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issued until 7:00 this morning for eastern time. and looks like another one popped up south of lexington. an active line of thunderstorms rolling down the ohio river towards the appalachians. out ahead of it, chilly air. and some of this moisture. new york, philly, down in d.c., plenty warm. you get some places north of i-95 and it's cold enough for sleet and freezing rain. a bit of an icy start to your day for parts of southern and northern new england. you are traveling through the new york metro airports because of the rain and the wind, you'll see some delays. d.c., atlanta, and memphis, similar action. atlanta will see rough weather later on this afternoon. high temperature of 76 degrees expected in atlanta, georgia. behind this system, definitely chilly. 33 degrees in chicago, 72 in d.c., and 57 in new york, and might even see some thunderstorms across parts of the d.c. area. spring-like system and, hey, we are getting closer to spring. so i suppose that's one of the
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few normal things we could talk about this winter. back up to you. >> i'm counting down the minutes. it's march 22nd at 7:20 p.m., right? >> boy, you really are counting down. i didn't even know that. >> they look nice. atlanta's got trees sprouting. a lot of the color coming up and starting to look like spring there. >> spring comes early down here. you've got to move down here. >> good to see you, rob. your granddaughter goes to work with you and you happen to work at a bank with a time release safe. and where does your granddaughter toddle off to? the safe. >> which should be a fine situation. you'd think you can get the kid out of the safe. >> however, it didn't happen as quickly as some would have hoped. still ahead also, keeping your family healthy. >> find out the best treatment for your kids if they come down with a fever. well-being.
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all right. well, this is an unbelievable story. a bank -- >> it has a good ending. >> it does have a good ending, but for a while i would be so scared. a 14-month-old girl got locked inside a time-release vault on friday. the baby was visiting a grandparent who worked at the bank that wandered off. >> wandered off into a vault. >> first responders pumped fresh air into the vault. a lock smith had to come and open the door a couple of hours later. >> yeah, there's a million
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things wrong with this. i get the point of the time release lock so robbers can't come in and rob the vault, right? >> yes, that's the reason why. but again, they should have some sort of emergency offsite emergency trigger. >> the bottom line is all the kid needed in the end was a diaper change. >> yeah, and thank goodness hopefully too young to remember that ordeal, screaming for two hours, not having any idea where you are, and no one coming to your rescue. that's got to be good for a 14-month-old. they say laughter is the best medicine, and that may be the case for a young father looking for a job in higher education. >> that's very funny. that video's gone viral. that is his 10-month-old son mica. mica is laughing at the sound of
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dad ripping up another rejection letter from a potential employer. he remembers when he made the video. >> around the 22-second mark, he does an extremely hearty laugh where you almost wonder if he's stopped breathing. until he starts laughing again, thinking, he's okay. >> dad said he started ripping up credit card statements and other mailings to keep this thing going. this youtube video has more than 240,000 hits. >> nothing is cuter than a baby cracking up. >> i wonder if this could be like the next e-trade baby. >> i love it. he's is so adorable. he could be. >> i put a sticker on my nose and pretend to sneeze and my son does that too. when you find the one thing that tickles their funny bone, it's cute. we've got top stories coming your way after the break. [ male announcer ] sometimes after surgery straining should be avoided.
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gas prices up 17 cents in just a week. and this could mean higher prices for food, for clothing, and for just about everything else. also, the jailhouse interview with convicted ponzi schemer bernard madoff on this "american morning." good morning to you. thanks so much for being with us. it's monday, february 28th, i'm kiran chetry. >> and i'm ali velshi. new tornado warnings in kentucky. let's go to our severe weather center. rob marciano in atlanta with the latest. >> central kentucky now, we showed you this line of storms earlier. now a couple tornado warnings. one out for an area just south of lexington and garrett and lincoln counties. and a little farther to the west in central time zone until 6:30 local time for several counties there. this is a larger warning out for
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barron and greene county. that's this one east of bowling green. and another one south of lexington. all part of this intense line of thunderstorms that did produce damage yesterday afternoon and last night in places like indiana, illinois, and getting into parts of western tennessee. these are rocketing to the east at 55 miles an hour. dangerously fast moving storms. the watches remain in effect. and another one popping up that includes parts of pittsburgh and eastern parts of kentucky. so a very set-up atmosphere for more severe weather today. six reports of tornadoes yesterday with damage and a number of other reports of damage just from straight-line winds. and i think that's going to be the bigger story, as well, all the way from pennsylvania, down into the deep south, dixie alley, parts of northern alabama, mississippi, and georgia later on today will be under the gun for severe weather. the other side of this storm is the cold air that's in place across parts of northern new england. you get north of the major
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cities, including boston. you'll probably get a little bit of sleet. sleet and freezing rain. an icy commute with this system on the northeastern fringe of it. and we'll keep an eye on this severe weather. >> we'll keep on top of that with you, rob. okay. bernard madoff is speaking out. the convicted con man talking about how he feels about his victims and the toll that his massive ponzi scheme took on him. christine romans author of "smart is the new rich" joining us live. little bit of a role reversal. you're in atlanta, i'm here. what a remarkable story. an audio interview with bernard madoff. he never ceases to amaze. >> he's in therapy in prison, ali, trying to understand more about himself in the wake of this big swindle that, well, he swindled the fortunes from hundreds of hundreds of people
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to the tune of, i guess, $65 billion. he said he wasn't trying to justify what he did, but went on to sort of justify what he did. he said that a lot of the folks if they thought they weren't -- they were getting high returns for no reason, well, he said, that's not really -- that's not really reasonable. he said his victims cannot plead poverty. he says this has been a nightmare for him adding "even the regulators felt sorry for me asking how did you live with this? not being able to tell anybody?" he goes on to blame many of his clients for not knowing his business was bust. he said how do you think you could make 15% to 18% all that time and nothing was going on. he also said, ali, that in terms of regulations now to make sure these sorts of things don't happen again. he said the whole new regulatory reform is a joke. the whole government is a ponzi
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scheme. so bernie madoff, ali, speaking out about how his family had nothing to do with this, how after 1987 he started borrowing from some clients' accounts to pay other accounts and the thing kept going from there and even tried to give the money back toward the end of the scam and people wouldn't take it. >> and on the heels of that interview, he gave the "new york times" a few weeks ago even saying the banks should've known. everybody should've known he was up to something and stopped him. oil prices, oil's about $98 a barrel right now, pulled back from the $100 last week, but gas prices continuing to head up. >> yeah. and leading economists told the national governor's association, frankly, that guess what? high oil prices, high gas prices are the number one threat to the united states right now. that's how important this is. gas prices keep moving higher. ali, we talk about the things you can control in the economy and the things you can't control, and that's why i wrote
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the book "smart is the new rich." and you can't control gas prices to a big degree. you can't control crude oil. but you can control what you're putting in your tank and how often you're doing that. and there is some technology you can use to go to websites gasbuddy.com, fuelmeup.com and then technology, another thing that's helping folks out. cheap gas is another one. folks, if you're listening to us right now talking about cheap ways to find gas, you can also always tell us new tricks you're finding. >> we'll spread them around. great to see you, christine. see you in a little while, again. royalty reigned last night in hollywood. it was "the king's speech" that became the winner for best picture. it was about king george's quest to overcome a speech impediment
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and won four oscars last night, won best actor as well as best original screen play. >> colin firth won for best actor for his portrayal of the stammering king george. quite a remarkable. all of the actors up for the top award really acted well. whether it was "black swan" with natalie portman or colin firth. firth joked after receiving his first oscar that he felt his career had just peaked. well, the queen of last night's oscars, natalie portman took home best actress, portman's first oscar win. >> and the other big winner of the night was the thriller "inception." it won four oscars with victories in the two sound categories as well as visual effects and cinematography.
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>> it's very complicated. you've got to be fresh of mind to see and follow what's going on. and we want to start with the host, anne hathaway and james franco, they wanted to bring in a younger audience, i guess. but many critics this morning have not been kind. >> no way, ali and kiran. i don't know about you, but i'm kind of cringing because there was so much hype going into the big show that yeah, they're going to deliver. they're hot, they're spunky. not so much. in an attempt to appeal to a younger audience, they tapped 28-year-old anne hathaway and 32-year-old james franco to host the big show this year. and despite a few laughs here and there, there is early bust. the new york daily news says james franco sometimes looked as if reading the cue cards was the
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only thing keeping him awake while hathaway spent way too much time changing her dresses and "trying to convert nervous energy into endearing folksiness." to sum up the big night, also the "new york post" had harsh words saying the youngest, hippest broadcast ever turned into one of the most stayed broadcast ever. i remember watching this last night with my colleagues and thinking, oh, this is kind off to a bad start and seems like it never got better. >> the other tough thing, there wasn't that many upsets. everything that was said to happen happened. whether or not "social network" would win. we did get a little spiciness when melissa leo getting her award. >> in "the fighter." >> she played the mother in "the fighter." she dropped the "f" bomb, oops.
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>> she did. big, big oops. christian bale took home the best supporting actor for his role in "the fighter." look at the lady of the night, the most buzzed about acceptance speech was from melissa leo, she won best supporting actress and listen to what she had to say on stage in front of everyone. >> when i watched kate two years ago, it looked so [ muted ]. >> melissa, come on, what were you thinking? we don't hear that word very often on the oscar stage. she later said backstage she apologized for dropping the "f" bomb and sorry if she offended anyone. what i was offended by was how boring her speech was. she had to have thought that she
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would take home oscar gold. think of something in advance. it was a horrible speech. >> that's funny. >> i just got some tweets from some folks in canada to say it wasn't bleeped out for them. here in you were watching the broadcast, it was bleeped out because it was on a delay. but i heard some people heard it in the full raw fashion. >> thanks for getting up early. i know it's been a long night. the glitz and glamor may be over, but we'll bring you some of the most memorable moments. charlie sheen is back on the air. he's giving a lot of interviews to radio stations and talking about his drug use. >> and the interviews are not getting any less interesting. >> we'll hear part of his latest round coming up. and the labor protest spreading to all 50 states this weekend. why this could be a make or break week for the labor movement. ♪
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that helps block cholesterol absorption and has a delicious, buttery taste. make benecol part of your healthy lifestyle. welcome become back to "american morning." a standoff in the indiana legislature enters its second week today. members of the minority democratic caucus have fled indiana to boycott what they consider a predatory republican agenda. enough of them are out of the state to stall a vote allowing their leader to join us this morning. he's one of two people, two democrats left behind to hold up the republican agenda. live from indianapolis this morning, democrat scott pilas. thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate you coming to tell us what's going on in indiana while so much of the spotlight's been on wisconsin where there's
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a debate about whether the governor there is trying to take away collective bargaining rights for state public service employees. in indiana, they don't have those collective bargaining rights in the first place. what is this debate about in indiana? >> well, i tell you what. i've never seen such a more committed group of people that believe it's so necessary to stop what they see as a very radical agenda that's transpiring here in indianapolis. it's really much more expansive than what's happening in wisconsin. not only are they trying to dismantle public schools, they're also trying to do away with collective bargaining. we understand that the people sent the republicans down there to govern, but we also understand it's our very important responsibility to deny them the ability to move forward with the very most radical parts of what it is that they want to accomplish. >> what are those -- what are the things that you and your
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caucus are most objecting to? >> well, let's talk about education first. simply they just don't want to improve the system of public schools, they want to dismantle. >> for our audience that doesn't know what we're talking about. generalization doesn't help. what specifically? >> fair enough. voucher schemes. and they want to gamble tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on sending public school kids to private schools. but they want to do so by taking dollars away from many of our struggling public schools and undermining the constitutional requirement we've had here in this state to make sure that every kid has an education free of charge in a system of common schools. and it's not just they want to reform it, they want to shift every last dollar they can think of from providing an equal opportunity to every child here in indiana.
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>> let's talk about how the situation is different from wisconsin. you're actually in indianapolis. how does that work? how are you doing the business of the democrats without having to be out of the state? many of your colleagues are in illinois. i just want to listen to something that the governor said, mitch daniels has said he will not negotiate until your caucus comes back. here's his perspective. let's listen in for a second. >> they ran off to illinois a i. and once they got there, they issued an ultimatum with about ten more items. >> that's the governor throwing down the gauntlet. and frankly, it's not very helpful. he knows why we broke forum was to ensure that we stopped a number of different measures that were intended to approximate an effort to do away with all labor unions in
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indiana. if democrats don't believe in the right of people to come together to improve on each other's lives, we don't believe in much of anything. and the governor is going to have to give in on a few more things other than the head fake he did with one piece of legislation trying to claim that's what our efforts to break were about. and they were about several different measures intended to really drive down wages for the middle class here in this state. and really as part of an effort happening across the nation to attack the middle class. >> let me ask you this real quickly, scott, what -- you're waking a fine line here. you and other legislators in states across the country who are doing similar things. you're walking a fine line because you're not in the majority of the house. you've got some public support, but at the same time, all of your voters, whether they're democrats or republicans would like government to get in the business of governing. they want compromises,
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solutions, at what point does your good will run out and you're going to have to go back and see a budget passed you don't like? >> well, clearly, this ultimately depends on the public. and that's part of the the reason that we had to slow things down and give a breather to the radical agenda here in indianapolis because the public does have a chance to weigh in. they do need a chance to understand the impact of these various measures. not just on union laborers, but on all laborers. because we do know that the ability to organize forces all employers in all states to treat their workers fairly and to make sure that, again, we have a quality of opportunity for everyone. that it's not just about big business, it's also about people having paychecks they can go spend at those businesses. and we believe that's the right thing to do and we believe slowing down extreme things is part of our job and we take it very seriously. >> scott pelath remaining in indianapolis to fight the fight
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on behalf of the democratic legislators who have left the state. scott, thanks very much for joining us and giving your side of the story. should we be getting ready for a shut down of the federal government? >> yeah, we have the latest as lawmakers are trying to hammer out a budget deal before friday's deadline. and also, we're trying to help you take care of your kids this morning. you get really nervous when your young child has a high fever. what's the best treatment? what's the correct dosage? we'll get answers from our elizabeth cohen coming up. 19 minutes past the hour. we'll be right back. home to the lateste depadeal making technology. our highly advanced thingamajigs and whatchamacallits are constantly gathering intelligence on the best deals for you.
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welcome back to "american morning." a rampage at a rodeo in north carolina over the weekend. a 2,000 pound bull jumped into the stands. check out this dramatic video. oh! there it goes.
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crashing closer and closer and leaping over a 5-foot fence right into a terrified crowd. an elderly couple suffered foot and leg injuries. that's lucky for a 2,000-pound bull. ann connor shot this amazing video. here's how she described it. >> as i was videotaping, i had my eye on the bull. i thought we'll get a good shot of him kicking and then he went airborne and, no, i didn't see the couple get hurt because we were fleeing. but as i turned around, that's when i saw that the bull had jumped back in miraculously to the arena. and they were both on the floor injured. >> officials at the venue, by the way offered to pay the couple's medical bills and gave them unlimited tickets to future events. >> maybe they'll want to change the seats. charlie sheen certainly not backing down and also not shying away from giving interviews. let's listen. >> all these radio rants have
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people thinking charlie sheen is -- has got to be on drugs again. >> sure, yeah. i am on a drug, it's called charlie sheen. it's not available because if you try it once, you will die, your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. too much. yeah, no, it's -- again i woke up and decided, you know, i've been kicked around, i've been criticized, i've been the ah shucks guy with this life and i'm going to love it violently and defend it violently through violent hatred. >> wow. wow. wow, wow, wow. have you ever tried that drug? charlie sheen? >> no, i have not. apparently -- >> i would have never covered the story again except every time he says something, you've got to talk about it because it's so crazy. >> also, there's a lot of other people's lives at stake.
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because the show "two and a half men" canceled for the season. sheen says despite the fact that his contract ends next year, he is willing to consider another season if he is given a raise. anne hathaway and james franco hosting in tinsle town. were they a hit or a miss? and looks like congress is going to try to avoid a government shutdown for two more weeks. neither side appears to be willing to give on any part of it. jim acosta reports from washington.
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libya may be edging closer to a civil war this morning. they are bracing for a potentially violent slowdown in zawiya, which is about 30 miles from the capital city of tripoli. right now armed anti-government forces are surrounded by troops which remain loyal to moammar gadhafi. well, tough new sanctions are in place in an effort to try to make a difference in this nation. a unanimous vote happened over the weekend. the sanctions will include an embargo on the sale of arms, the freezing of all assets of
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gadhafi and his aides. secretary of state hillary clinton is calling on gadhafi to step down. she's in switzerland this morning. they'll be discussing life after gadhafi. mrs. clinton says america is reaching out to help opposition groups in libya that are trying to topple the libyan leader. that's a big issue because the opposition is not particularly organized in libya. there are fears that once gadhafi's out, it may cause a problem. right now, there's a humanitarian crisis with tunisia. thousands of refugees trying to get out of libya, trying to get anywhere and tunisia's there. there's about 100,000 of them gathered at the border with no food, no water, and no place to go. ivan watson is on the tunisian side of the border right now. when you talk about that situation, that potential humanitarian crisis unfolding, are there any plans in the works to help those people?
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>> reporter: well, i'm standing in front of a transit a few miles from the border where the tunisian military have set up tents. they're feeding some of these people streaming across the border, about 10,000 a day, some of them haven't eaten in days. they've been sleeping out on the ground. and giving them some medical care if they're sick and moving them on to other transit centers, high schools, stadiums. but since most of these people are egyptians. there's also bangladeshis and chinese nationals, the big challenge is thousand to get them home. and if you recall, egypt has had its own revolution a few weeks ago. its own dictator toppled. it's not in a good position right now politically stable at all to start to deal with a crisis of trying to transition and move tens of thousands of its own citizens back home from another country. though, there are some egyptian
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naval vessels that are said to be on the way to help evacuate people right now. >> what about any other international assistance of being able to bring food or other supplies to them as they wait in limbo right now? >> well, the united nations has arrived today. they say they're flying in high-energy biscuits to help feed some of the people coming across the border. we do also know there are crowds perhaps hundreds of thousands of people according to one just on the other side of the tunisian/libyan border. and they're camped out waiting to be processed and brought in. and one of the fears here, kiran, this is a destabilizing factor, this humanitarian crisis for tunisia itself. also experienced a revolution, had its own dictator overthrown within the last six to eight
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weeks. it is not particularly politically stable. the last thing it needs to deal with is a major flood of refu e refugees coming across its border. there are more than 1 million egyptian contract laborers estimated in libya right now. we can expect more people coming as the crisis gets worse inside libya. and we're not even talking yet about libyans who may start fleeing the bloodshed in their own country, kiran. >> big problem you certainly highlighted the difficulties and challenges ahead for all of those countries. top stories now. bernie madoff is trying to change his public image. you judge how successful it's been in a series of phone interviews with "new york" magazine. he says his investors are not victims, he is. he says keeping the secret from his family was a nightmare. we'll have more on that in about half an hour. and "the king's speech" took
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the king's ransom winning four oscars including best picture, best actor, the story of a king overcoming his speech impediment won best picture and colin firth took home best actor, and also won for best director and best original screen play. hundreds of protesters spent another night in wisconsin's capitol building. they were told to leave the building so it could be cleaned, but police wound up letting them stay. they're demonstrating against scott walker's call to curb collective bargaining rights for unions. and looks like the government shutdown may be on hold for two week. right now looks like republicans and democrats are close to agreeing to what's called a continuing resolution on the budget. jim acosta in d.c. this morning. jim, the continuing resolution basically allows them to keep funding the government for two weeks at a time.
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how does this solve the ongoing budget crisis? >> well, it is only monday and this is washington. members of congress and the white house still have time to mess this up. but both sides appear to be saying they have a deal that will keep things running in washington for another two weeks past friday. that is the deadline for reaching this agreement. and a key democrat over the weekend signaled he will support a plan to cut some $4 billion in spending in the short-term. house speaker john boehner characterized the nation's mounting deficit as a moral issue. in a speech last night throwing red meat to the tea party out there, he used the word moral more than a dozen times. >> we have a moral responsibility to address the problems that we face. and that means working together to cut spending and to rein in government, not shutting it down. >> it is acceptable to me to have $4 billion in savings in a
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two-week package? the make-up for that is up for discussion and negotiation, that's negotiation's ongoing and i'm confident we'll achieve a conclusion on that. >> this deal if it passes will give both sides some more time to hammer out a longer extending budget agreement that will keep the government running through september. but with so many house republican freshmen demanding massive cuts in spending, there's no sign that democrats and republicans can make that happen over the long-term. chris van hollen, said they could very well be in the same position three weeks from now arguing about these cuts and just how far and deep those cuts should go, ali. >> we'll be talking about this for days and weeks to come. still to come this morning, the right and wrong way to treat your child when they have a fever. elizabeth cohen joins us with the dos and don'ts. some of them will surprise you. >> it is 34 pins after the hour. e to a fixed rate
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the oscars, hollywood's most glamorous night from the gorgeous gowns to the
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embarrassing slip-ups. and who nabbed the big awards? we've got lots to talk about. >> we're going to break down the evening's most memorable events. joining us, chief film critic. and jessica coahen, thanks for being here. welcome. first of all, your predictions were pretty spot on, there weren't many surprises, were there? >> it really seemed to have happened a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, didn't it? seemed like i'd seen this before. >> you both said this would happen. colin firth, best actor, natalie portman, best actress, melissa leo for best supporting, and christian bale. >> nothing was up in the air, and it made for an unexciting broadcast. >> given this was the plan, these winners were the likely winners, melissa leo in "the fighter" probably she thought
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had a good chance of winning, yet she seemed completely floored when she got up there. can we play that, please? >> when i watched kate two years ago, it looked so [ muted ]. >> my goodness me. >> i'm sorry, that was the least convincing slip i think i've ever seen. >> you think she did it on purpose? >> i don't know. actresses, i don't know -- i think it's a combination of nerves and exhibitionism and a desire to say you like me but not say you like me. so instead you say -- >> well, it's important she shows gratitude and emotion. and what better way to show your emotion than to be completely wildly inappropriate. >> there were a lot of panning of the hosts, anne hathaway and james franco. i want you to see so we know what you thought about it. >> you look so beautiful and so hip. >> oh, thank you, james. you look very appealing to a
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younger demographic, as well. >> thank you. >> and ali's laughing, but actually kind of made me cringe a little bit. they know the reason they wanted younger people was to attract a younger audience. >> it didn't feel as terrible to me. but i guess the ratings will tell. >> i thought it was kind of awkward. their energies are completely different. and they're there to balance one another out. but she was too far on the other end of the spectrum. >> he seemed a little bit relaxed. >> seemed like he didn't want to be there. >> and billy crystal comes out and gets a standing ovation. did it make you long for the days of billy crystal? >> it did. and also you could rely on them to improvise. even if they didn't say something funny, you were laughing because you thought maybe something would be funny they said whereas ann hathaway and james franco were very controlled, a fear of pulling a
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ricky gervais. nobody -- they went as far to the other -- >> let's look at ricky gervais on this side and the golden globes, which he was criticized for that. where should we be? >> frankly as a viewer, i'd rather be on the ricky gervais side of things. the academy takes themselves seriously. they're going to prefer a hathaway/franco situation. >> do you think they're going to go back to the showman type -- >> to people who are funny who can hold the stage and bring some of their own sensibility to what's going on. i thought anne hathaway was very sweet and charming and, god knows, seven costume changes. each one more eye popping than the next, great. >> as a guy -- >> she was a trooper. she was like -- she was so like, okay, let's do this. she had that sort of junior high school musical quality whereas
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he was the high school senior who just smoked a little bit too much dope in the bathroom. >> i love how you accused him of being a drug addict -- >> there's no allegations anybody smoked anything. >> there are different type of stoners. there are the stoners who get out there and jabber like crazy and who are hilarious. and then there are the ones playing a movie in their own heads. >> so you said one outfit -- what do you say? something than the next. you were commenting on the clothes. this is a conversation that kiran and i were having before the show, which is one of the few conversations in life we're not participating in. >> i'm speechless at this point. >> i didn't have a lot to say about the clothes. >> the dinner plate type outfit that cate blanchett had on. >> it was ark tchitecturalarchi. and depending on how you feel about more adventurous fashion, it was there. i thought it looked very good,
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but it wasn't necessarily -- >> did you like scarlet johansson's grape-colored lace that highlighted her rear end? >> well, i understand that scarlet johansson is a very attractive young woman, so the dress did a lot for that. besides what it did in the back, i thought it was a little old for her. >> did you notice, david, all the red that was going on? there was a number of red dresses. >> i noticed the dresses. >> there were dresses. >> wasn't that well handled? >> i noticed the sculpting of the stuff. >> yeah, that's very in now, the structure. i wanted mila kunis to laugh more. you know what? sorry. >> one person did get sort of snubbed. you did not pick this person. let's show a clip very quickly, please. >> the rumor is he was shorting the stock before he ended up acquiring it. how did he do that?
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this is the rock star of wall street. >> best supporting nod "wall street: money never sleeps." totally skipped. >> no swearing in my script. hopefully i'll get invited back for another role. that was my first movie. >> you were robbed, though. >> another time. >> good to see you both. >> thanks so much for being with us. >> and i just want to apologize to all of the other bad oscar shows i've said bad things about. now they look so much better now. >> wow. there's nowhere to go but up for next year. still to come this morning, a stormy start to the workweek along the east coast. rob will be along right after the break. 44 minutes past the hour. [ crickets chirping ] [ thunder rumbles ] [ male announcer ] the future of mobile computing starts now. the new motorola xoom.
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48 minutes past the hour right now. we were talking about some tornado warnings that were up around the ohio valley and tennessee. rob marciano is tracking all of it for us. what are we looking at right now? >> as these systems move east, you'll have expirations and extensions and new watches and warnings that have been put out. at one point a few minutes ago, four states had tornado warnings. one across the ohio and west virginia border, that one has been allowed to expire.
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this one is for decatur in central parts of tennessee. and these are all moving easterly really quickly at about 50 miles an hour. so this time of year, the jet stream is real strong and moves these along real quick and makes them very dangerous, as well. this one was south of lexington earlier. and we're talking about parts of morgan and wolf counties in parts of eastern kentucky. now, this also moving fairly rapidly. and where you saw those orange boxes, that's just severe thunderstorm warning. straight-line winds damaging, as well. and a number of damage reports last night with this system that continues to move east. a couple of tornado watches out through this afternoon. and these will probably be moved off to the east and south as we go through time. also heavy rain with this across parts of western pennsylvania and southwestern parts of new york. reports of some street flooding in through pittsburgh, other parts of northeast ohio. enough rain to get rescues going on. a busy morning for those folks.
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and if that's not enough, we've got cold air across parts of the northeast that is making for a bit of an icy commute. this is warm air moving over top of cold air. in the meantime, the morning, it's certainly going to be a rough commute. if you are traveling by air, we have delays at philadelphia right now later on today, new york metros, d.c., atlanta we'll see delays, as well. and because of that wind we had bad weather texas in the form of wind fanning flames in parts of midland texas saw 80 acres burned and 58 homes were burned to the ground in texas panhandle because of those winds. winds today will be less and we'll get a hand on those fires, backside is cold. 33 degrees in chicago. front side is warm. 72 in d.c. and 76 probably severe weather this afternoon in atlanta, georgia. ali, back to you.
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53 minutes past the hour. a lot of parents worry about their child when they have a fever. they reach for a pain reliever. there's a new report from america's leading group of pediatricians saying that fever phobia may be getting in the way of treating your child. elizabeth cohen is here to break down the myths and facts with kids and fevers. this is interesting. do you have to bring a child's fever down? you think of course, if they have the fever, you have to get rid of it. is that true or a myth? >> it's not true. this is a myth. i think this is so surprising to many parents, but fever in and of itself, is not dangerous and the only reason doctors say give advil or tylenol is to make them feel more comfortable. but fever is a normal response to an illness. a good thing. >> a lot of parents do still want to bring a kid's fever down. when, i guess, do now not if
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it's a slight fever? >> if it's a slight fever, just let them go. you don't have to treat them. if it's higher and the child is uncomfortable, then you should. that brings us to our second one, which is tylenol is just as good as advil in treating fever. this one is a fact. one is just as good as another. in the, many doctoring recommend alternating. one thing you don't want to do is it's dangerous to give what are called combination products. some products have advil and tylenol. you want to be very careful. if you're going to give both, make sure it's pure or the official names. >> i got you. and then finally, parents are always concerned about the proper dosage, so is it a myth or a fact, use the dose on the
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age chart on the box? >> that is a myth. you want to use a weight chart. i have an example from a real box. you want to pay attention to that weight column. that's what matters. the reason why, doesn't really matter how old, it matters how many pounds. there are 2-year-olds that way as much 4-year-olds. >> smart. you think the opposite way as well. you have a 6 to 8-year-old who may weigh a lot less and you don't want to overmedicate. can you overmedicate with either tylenol or advil? >> you certainly can. that's why you want to be really careful. you want to use the measuring device that comes with the product. you absolutely can overmedicate and you can undermedicate, too. >> what's the big takeaway about fever that pediatricians want us to know? >> what they want us to know is that fever is not really the issue.
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they want parents to not get so stuck on the number and they want parents to look at other symptoms. i'm sure yours has asked you, how is your child behaving. are they behaving normal? just kind of sick or is there something off about them? do they have a rash? other symptoms, if you go to cnn.com, all the things that would tell you your child is in trouble more than just a virus. maybe there's something more serious, but fever is not what parents should be fixated on. >> thanks. quick break. top stories coming your way. ths that you need to do for your heart health. for me, it means an aspirin regimen. before you begin an aspirin regimen. speak to your doctor.
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facing, pump price on the rise. up for the sixth consecutive day. this could translate into higher energy prices, higher prices for clothing, food, everything that's shipped around this country. this morning, we are going to break it down to show you how you can save the next time you fill up. >> also, moammar gadhafi is still cling iing to power this morning. he claims his country is calm and that people support him. the u.n. says 100,000 people have fled the country, many gathering on the border with tun tunisa. there are reports that libya's security forces are now siding with antigovernment protesters. and "the king's speech" reigned at this oscars. best picture, best actor, best director and best original screen play. but last night wasn't all about the coveted tro fis.
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mean tile, it is the news that hits home. surging gas and oil prices could cause serious damage to the economy and your on personal economy. this morning, the price for a gallon of gas is now $3.37 a gallon. we saw this big jump. 13, 16 cents in some places. some states are paying 3.70 or higher. >> it's like a tax. money right out of your pocket. one analyst told me that every cent increase is $4 million every day out of our pockets. money not spent some where else. you've got people concerned about what it means for our economy and the overall economy. oil prices moving higher. once they moved above $100 a barrel, gas prices just really scooted up there. 3.37, 17 or 18 cents in just a couple of days and they could
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keep moving up. the moral rall of the story here is if you're passing buy a gas station this morning, fill it up because you could see gas prices moving up here. we have demand issues coming up this spring and summer driving season. one thing you can do, there are some apps and websites, some places you can go to try to find the cheapest gas, although i want to caution you, aaa says don't drive out of your way for a few pennies cheaper. be smart about this, guys. but gasbuddy.com, fuelmeup.com. then aaa tick, cheap gas is another one. if you know of more, let's share them, guys. tell me on facebook, twitter. a lot of people are just trying to save a penny here or there. the economists this weekend said
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high oil prices, above $100, are the number one threat to the u.s. economy here. one of those things, unpredictable gas and oil prices are real hard on business budgets and our budget and kieran, that's why people are so concerned. >> holding steady at $98 a barrel so far. good to see you. thanks. the world and now some of his trusted security forces are turning on moammar gadhafi this morning. right now, there is a show down in a tap capitol city to the west of tripoli. they are heavily armed and surrounded by military troops still loyal to gadhafi meanwhile. hillary clinton is calling on gadhafi to step aside. she's in switzerland for a
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meeting of the u.n. human rights counc council. >> no one's budging in the labor standoff in wisconsin. they've been ordered by officials to vacate the capital building so it could be cleaned, but a lot of the demonstrators refuse to leave and again, police back ed off. they were able to spend the night there eventually. >> we have decided tonight that there will be an opportunity for the remaining people to remain in the building tonight. there will be no arrests as we said before. no use of force we want to people to continue to cooperate and work within the guidelines and laws of the state of wisconsin. >> scott walker says that if his budget is not passed soon, 1500 layoff notices will go out and state workers will begin losing
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their jobs. >> looks like the budget battle in d.c. is not going to lead to a government shutdown for now. party leaders are considering a two-week continuing resolution that would include $4 billion in cuts. the republican-led house already passed a spending measure that cut $61 billion from current levels for the rest of the fiscal year. senate democrats consider those too severe and won't pass them. the continuing resolution will keep the country running for another two weeks. >> the last known american living veteran of world war i died this morning. frank woodward buckles. he rose through the ranks through corporal status. he died of natural causes at his home in west virginia. "discovery's" astronauts are preparing for their first space stroll. it is the first of two walks
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planned for this week. they will be fixing a broken ammonia pump and attaching an extension cable. it is on its final voyage. another earthquake in arkansas and this 4.7 shook the central part of the state last night. it was 36 miles north of little rock, but people felt it as far as memphis, tennessee. no reports of injury or damage. rob marciano is in the extreme weather center. also, the threat of tornados out there. >> yeah, tornados. there's been reports of flooding and now, some icing moving across port parts of new england. a large storm system that had damage yesterday including tornados and damaging winds and now, we're seeing this press off to the east. in some cases, the thunderstorms are moving fairly rapidly and pretty strong across especially the ohio and tennessee valleys. want to zoom in on this one spot with an existing warning in
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central tennessee. lot of action south and west of nashville. these are heading to the east about 50 miles an hour. will probably miss nashville. but there are a slew of severe thunderstorm warnings stretching from northern alabama and mississippi and up into parts of western pennsylvania. a large storm system, also tornado watches in effect until this afternoon. also, tornado watch boxes. temperatures very warm, lot of humidity now. we're get ng that time of your, starts to feed things. humidity moving to the northeast. warm, moist air moving to the top of colder air. temperatures around the freezing mark in boston. seeing an icy start to monday. eventu eventually, warm air from the south will take over. behind this system certainly is cool. windy yesterday with some fires breaking out across parts of texas. 58 homes burned to the ground because of that. temperatures cold enough for
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snow behind this will probably not arrive until most of the moisture is gone. if you are traveling today, there's an hour and 20 minute delays across parts of the new york city area. laguardia and philly having hefty delays that will likely continue this afternoon. >> thanks very much. king george conquered the oscars. the movie about the stammering king's quest to find his voice took home the top prize last night. >> "the king's speech" -- >> no surprise in the big categories, it seems the big headlines were the hosts falling a little flat, at least for the critic's case and the actress who dropped the f-bomb. >> the reviews are in and they don't look good for the hosts. they say the show completely
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went flat. fell flat and so, maybe that f-bok may have helped out a little bit. let's get to those leading categories. no surprises here which made the so lackluster. we knew colin firth would win and natalie portman, how adorable was she last night? she took home the best actress statue. all right, so, let's get to ms. melissa leo. her costar even referenced the fact, i've been there, done that. give her a break. but listen to what she said during her speech last night. jaws to drop. >> when i watched kate two years ago, it looked so -- >> there you have it. melissa leo and that's going to
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be her oscar moment. everyone's not talking about the hideous dress she wore, but the fact she dropped the f-bomb. >> we've heard it before -- >> they work harder than we work in our business because they have to memorize their lines. >> telepromter and -- >> she had to know there was a good chance it was going to win. >> of course. >> i'm a little puzzled by the whole thing. that that would come out of her mouth. she must have been going through something she would have said when she wins. >> really uncomfortable to watch. >> he said he thought it was a little contrived. the biggest accidental f-bomb. >> come on. you're on actress, you get paid big bucks to do that. be a little more convincing. >> did we beat up on her enough? poor thing. >> she's a good actress.
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she did win a big award. >> good for her. >> i saw the dress in person, so take it from me. >> i wasn't that bothered by the hosting, but you know, i also eat a lot of fried food and sodium. >> and you don't get out much. >> ali, come on, you weren't bothered by the fact anne seemed nervous and overcaffeinated and james seemed over it. like he wanted to go home and have a beer. >> i thought it was sweet. i was just disappointed that i didn't get anything for my first movie role. >> for his turn in "wall street money never sleeps." >> my four-second role. >> at least your performance was memorable. last night, there wasn't a memorable line from the hosts and it was so overhyped that people are really beyond disappointed. >> we'll see what the ratings show and what direction they go next year. thanks. revelations from senator
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scott brown has a new book out. i couldn't put it down, actually. he is really candid about how difficult his childhood was. moving 17 times in 12 years, now knowing where his next meal was going to come from, but how he was able to turn that around. >> we're going to be talking to him shortly. bernie madoff is blaming some of the very same people he duped out of millions of dollars. details in a new interview this morning.
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14 minutes past the hour. senator scott brown joins us to talk about his new book. in it, he opens up about his personal story to reveal how he became the person he is today. it's called "against all odds." thanks for joining us this morning. >> happy to be on. >> just want to give people a few tidbits from the book. your parents split when you were a baby. your mother struggled to make ends meet. married several different times, at times, bringing several abusive men in. what was it like growing up in that? >> it was certainly challenging. lot of unpredictability. the one thing throughout the whole situation is my mom was
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battling, trying to put a roof over our heads, working two and three jobs. i think she gave not only me, but my sister, that determination to never give up. >> i want to ask you about the timing of the book. you're up for re-election next year and some say the timing of the book sort of coincides with that. why did you decide to write it? >> because they came to me and asked me. i had a few publishing houses asking me to do a book. my election isn't almost for two years, so i'm not quite sure when i should do it. i wanted to get it out as soon as possible so i could move on. >> you sort of had a call to make. you could write a very uplifting, sort of glossed over version of what happened or get into some of the most painful parts of your life. how were you comfortable and doing that and sharing some difficult things you went
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through and also revealing some personality flaws of people in your life. >> it was difficult to do. i wrestled with a lot of it, but i wanted to have a good book. a book that didn't end up in the dollar bins, but would help people and open up the doors so they could take circumstances that happened in their lives and talk about it. it's creating an opening not only for me, but others with var circumstances and the basically, the message is if you're having difficulties and i know there are a lot of folks that have way more tough times than i do, if you have good people around you, you can usually make difference and break out of that cycle. >> you revealed that you were sexually abused by a camp counsellor and how he threatened to kill you if you said anything. you said -- you know, you really
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sort of recount your desolation at that time and how scared you were. why didn't you feel you could tell anybody? >> that's the thing. i was the perfect victim. i was from a proeken family. my parents rarely visited me at the camp. in reflection, i called my mom and talking about what happened now, she said, was that the summer that you were calling all time, wanting to come home. she says, oh, my goodness, i'm so sorry. i wish i would have known. i was the perfect guy to be a victim. i did fight back. sure, i would have loved to have told somebody, but who do you tell? that's what a perpetrator has over someone like me. you're scared to death. you're embarrassed. you don't know where to go, what to do. not only do they question you know, you then, there's also questions throughout your life. you never when the right time is
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to bring it forward. >> you have gone through things that would break most people. you thougalk about the sexual assault and how difficult that was. you also had a very difficult time because you seem to write about in the book how there are times how you didn't feel love. there was seconds for everybody at the table except for you. how you were starving and there were these delicious hamburgers and everybody got two, but you got one. how do you pass on the successful marriage, the love to your kids when you didn't feel it? >> i remember saying, i'm not doing that. i'm never going to be like my mom or dad when it comes to that. i have basically just learned and have a wonderful wife and two great kids. i guess i'm making up for that lost time. i don't miss games.
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i try to check in with the kids every day. i'm learning and growing every day. we, like many other families, are a work in progress. we've been able to talk about not only those situations, but many, many more. i would encourage other families to do just that because it's a good feeling. >> i want to ask you about politics. you guys are returning to congress this week. there's this looming threat of the shutdown. the only thing anyone can agree on is that you guys are going to keep the government and country running for two more weeks. what are the biggest roadblocks to getting the budget passed? >> there's no one in the minority party, i.e. in the senate, what we are seeing is that this is the perfect opportunity to tackle the very real fiscal and financial problems we're having in this country. when i went down, came into the senate, $11.95 trillion national debt. over 14 trillion in counting. we need to make serious efforts to get our fiscal house in order
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and i'm encouraging everybody to get to two-week extension and save the american people money. >> if they're going forward with the $4 billion in cuts, would that be okay with you guys in the senate? do you think that would make it through your house? >> you'd have to check in the house. in the senate, everything's on the table. not only me, but my colleague, we're ready to sit down and hammer it out so we can keep the country funded and tackle the other issues we have. >> great to talk to you this morning. i wish you luck. thanks for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> quick break. 21 minutes past the hour.
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the duke of flat bush has died. duke snider helped the brooklyn dodgers win their only crown in
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1955. the duke hit 407 career homers, but never got the attention that rival new york center fielders received. still, dodger fans adored him around the rest of the dem bums. sorry. he was 84. his family says he died of natural causes. i tried to say causes. >> good try there. there you go. should have stopped there. meanwhile, we have video to show you of heavy rains in bolivia. mud, water cascaded toward a nearby neighborhood. 400 homes destroyed. people's furniture and personal items were swept away. this story's incredible. a visit to grandma's office turned scary last week at a
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georgia bank. a 14 month old girl got locked inside a time released vault. the toddler and her mom were visiting the child's grandmother at the bank. first responders rushed to the scene. pumped fresh air in. a lock smith finally opened the door a few hours later. what part of that whole picture is wrong? >> a lot of it. >> she was scared because of the drilling noise and that. once i heard her crying, i knew everything was okay. >> this is one of those things that you're -- this is a happy ending. it's nice to have one of these. >> the girl was fine. she needed a diaper change. i'm sure it was terrifying to be in there for two hours. not knowing what's going on. >> just freaks me out even thinking about it. i'm a little claustrophobic. >> i always check twice. you don't lock your kids in the car. mine's 5 now, at least she can
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unlock the doors. >> hopefully she doesn't end up scared. >> hopefully she doesn't remember it. a herd of goats shut down a minnesota highway over the weekend after a series of collisions. witnesses say 100 goats ran on to interstate 5 saturday night and some drivers could not dodge the animals and one driver was hurt. up next, bernie madoff speaks out again. this time, revealing how his ponzi scheme got started. and moammar gadhafi losing control of power and could be facing a make or break showdown with protesters today.
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half past the hour right now. a 4.7 magnitude quake in arkansas last night. it was centered about 36 miles north of little rock, felt as far as memphis. no reports of damage or injuries. gas prices rising overnight. the national average is now $3.37 a gallon. that's according to aaa. right now, alaska, california and hawaii have prices averaging above $3.70. also, "the king's speech" reign reigned supreme at the oscars.
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natalie portman nabbed best actress. she shined in her role as the troubled ballerina in "black swan." now, the convicted con man is talking about how he feels about his victims. in a new and different interview and get this, the toll his massive ponzi scheme took on him. wow. christine romans joins us with the story. it really is kind of amazing the stuff coming out of his mouth. none of it really pointing the finger at himself. >> no. he's got a lot of time on his hands. he's been thinking a lot about his big, massive ponzi scheme. he's sitting in a federal prison in north carolina for 150 years. the rest of his life. he goes to therapy and he was talking to a new york magazine, called a new york magazine writer collect and did a series of interviews about just what
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happened. he's talking about the woeful denial of his victims, saying that none of them is pleading poverty, which i will say is not true. i have talked to some and some are pleading poverty and he says that they made a lot of money for an awful long time. he doesn't think any of their principal is going to be at risk. he says quote it was a nightmare for me. even the regulators felt sorry for me. he talked about the new system of regulatory reform. you wonder why he would be an expert because he skirted under oversight all together. he was just making up statements. making up statements every month. the new reform is a joke, the whole government is a ponzi scheme. ali, pretty interesting set of commentary from him. he also said something that really struck me.
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look, you never hear about all the awards i won, all of the value i created before the business turned in the wrong detection, about the wonderful things me and my family did. of course not. there was the biggest ponzi scheme in history. >> he was only able to do that because he won people's trust and they said this is a guy who's held office, been the chairman of the national association of security dealers. he must be an honest guy. >> the whole thing was fake and he used those things -- >> he said in 1987, he started dipping into some client's accounts to cover their losses, which is what many had suspected. the market turned against him. he also says he tried to turn some of the money back towards the end of the scheme and people wouldn't take it back. he said you know, people are getting 16 to 18%. come on. if you think they didn't think
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twice, you're wrong. they did. they were getting 8 to 10% pretty consistently. not that far out. >> it may not make everybody suspicious, but bottom line, blaming the victim is a little ridiculous. >> he says he goes to therapy. a great anecdote, i just had to bring this up, he said, am i a good person? i mean, am i really a soes owe path? they're saying on tv i'm a s ociopath. >> we'll see you today on the show i'm normally on. >> 1:00 eastern. >> thanks. hosni mubarak and his family have been banned from leaving egypt. state tv reports he has millions stashed away in secret accounts
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in libya as well as billions in properties outside libya. egypt's attorney general requested the actions against mubarak after three decades in power. there's a showdown looming 30 miles from the libyan capital of tripoli this morning. antigovernment protesters heavily armed are surrounded by the libyan military. it could be moammar gadhafi's last stand after four decades in power. nic robertson joins us on the phone now. this is the stronghold of gadhafi's supporter. what's it looking like? >> he's digging in and holding on where he can. when you look at tripoli, he seems he has a grip on the city. more shops are open. people come up and tell you here they're just too afraid to go
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out and protest. too afraid of bloody crackdowns and they feel they're losing their momentum, but in the town just outside of tripoli, you have a lot of heavily armed antigovernment protesters in the center of the city there. but they are surrounded by gadhafi's army. it's not clear if they have -- to break out and expand their area of control. what we seem to be getting into here is a situation of a stalemate is gadhafi's army was to go in there and try to take on those demonstrators, it would be essentially a blood bath if they were to try to fight their way out, again, there would be a similar sort of situation, a lot of people killed through both sides are standing off at the moment and the city here, the capital firmly under his grip right now. >> just quickly, they've been talking to some of the u.n. sanctions, the no fly zone, trying to enforce that. trying ban him from leaving.
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will that have an impact on actually going on inside the country? >> not having a direct impact on what's inside the country, but it's having an impact. one of the reasons gadhafi and his family have invited in they say over 100 journalists is to show what they say is their side of the story, that they're misunderstood. that thousands haven't been killed. they are desperately trying to show they are firmly in control. that they're willing in part, want to use maximum force all the time. they're trying show that they are willing to negotiate the control of the country again. they say they would change some elements of the government, change the constitution, but this all comes in the face of these very bloody crackdowns that everyone seems to be coming a step too late. they're behind international opinion, but of course, that international pressure is forcing them now on to the back foot to try and change their
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very bloody image they've got now. >> thanks very much. on the phone from just outside of tripoli. teachers, jobs, their benefits, their salaries, all of this is being discussed across the country and in many cases, teacher's benefits are on the chopping block. we're going to find out how this could affect their performance in the classroom when we come back. [ wind howling ] [ technician ] are you busy? management just sent over these new technical manuals. they need you to translate them into portuguese. by tomorrow. [ male announcer ] ducati knows it's better for xerox to manage their global publications. so they can focus on building amazing bikes. with xerox, you're ready for real business.
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what's the big news in priority mail flat rate boxes and envelopes from the postal service? over a billion used.
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teacher's salaries an job security are at the forefront of many local and state budget battles. what exactly is on the line? joining me is steve perry. he's the founder of hartford's capital prep magnet school. thank you for being with us. let's talk about the central issues here. in many states, it's around collective bargaining, wanting to take away the right to collective bargaining. what's your view of how teachers are paid? fairly, adequately?
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>> well, the first part about this is that the very reason why the unions want to maintain collective bargaining because they can keep control of the way in which wages are paid is the exact reason why elected officials want to do away with it because they feel the public needs to have more say in the way in which teachers are paid. the question of whether or not they're paid fairly is a difficult one to answer. how much can you possibly pay a great teacher and how much should a poor teeper be paid? >> the issue then steve may have more to do with letting the market dictate with what good and bad teachers can command. a lot of the issue has been around tenure or security, the inability to keep good teachers because they may have less experience and get rid of bad teachers who may have more experience. >> that is exactly the problem. because of the way in which the current contracts operate, it
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takes at least one year to get rid of a teacher. that means if your child was taking spanish i, the teach you are was ineffective, in spanish ii, they're not going to have the opportunity to reconcile that. the child loses. we so often focus on adults. i focus on children. what is the impact of a bad teach on hundreds? it's 150 kids who have, would not have gotten access to a quality education. that's where the focus needs to lie. not job security. you'll get that when you're good at your job. >> why has collective bargaining become so central? what if you said you eliminate the tenure in first out, the seniority idea, but allowed them to collectively bargain on other issues because they're a large group of employees? >> i think the reason why such an issue is for the same reason for both parties. meaning that the collectively
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bargained contracts give the unions, they have complete control of all labor. period. they're a private organization that controls quite a bit of public resources and services. on the same token, the elected officials are saying hey, folks, when you do that, we've had to push so to get you to listen, we've had to do everything from fire everybody in the city to take things away to get you to come to the table. >> you're convinced that's happening in rhode island, in providence, they want to fire all the teachers, 2100, and the union is saying hold on don't do that. are we not dealing with two extremes here? >> we are. i think the circumstances have created that. these are not the best of times. as they say, pressure bursts pipes. right now, where we are is we have the worst economic times of at least my life and we have the set of circumstances in which children still need to be
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educated. so we have to look at solutions. i don't know if we've gotten to that point yet. right now, this is the month when testing occurs. the often talked about state testing. throughout the country. this is about the time. we're having these discussions right in the middle of this. tomorrow, we start our state exams. not just here in connecticut, but throughout the rest of the country. in order for us to have this discussion around reducing class size, we need to open up the idea and this is where the unions need to open up the idea of allowing students to take online courses. not because they're members of their unit because it's best for kids and the community. we need to open up p idea that in order to reduce classes, we have to look at something like vouchers, where some kid rs going to have to choose to go to private schools and that's going to decrease the number of students in your public school class. >> good to see you. steve perry, founder of the
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you are look k at raleigh, north carolina. 67 degrees now, going up to 83 later on. in case you're jealous of them, they're going to have thunderstorms. >> tornado watch is over after a wild weekend in parts of the middle of the country. we have video from oklahoma. you can see funnel clouds forming. look at those.
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also, some serious hail coming down. forecasters say the system is as it is most of the time, moving east. >> rob marciano is in our severe weather center with that. what have you gone for us? >> the system that's moving east. there you go. it's going to span more potentially severe weather this afternoon. we've seen a number of tornado warnings. nothing verified yet. from canada all the way down to the gulf of mexico, very large system and the individual cells are moving rapidly to the east. anywhere between 40 and 50 miles an hour. tornado watches posted for parts of alabama, mississippi and parts of tennessee and kentucky. all the way up towards western pennsylvania through this afternoon and probably issue more in the way of tornado watches through northern parts of georgia this afternoon. the winds have been gusty with some of those and rain has been very heavy especially across parts of western p.a. and northeastern ohio. that rain is heading into new york city where temperatures are mild, around 50 degrees. just north of new york city, temperatures around the freezing
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mark. so at least for the next couple of hours before the warm air takes control, it's a bit of an icy start the your monday. massachusetts, especially. the wind and rain causing delays at airports. new york, laguardia, two hour 20 minutes delays and philadelphia, 25 minute delays. the front side of the system saw a lot of wind yesterday, wild fires breaking out near the panhandle of texas in midland. over 80,000 acres burned. 58 homes torched to the ground with this bad fire that just raged yesterday with those winds gusting 40 miles an hour at times. on the backside, unusually cold air across parts of the desert southwest and arizona. this is in tucson, arizona where they were playing the accent yur match play championships where the players woke up to snow. they were able to start on time
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and complete the round. luke donald won that. kaymer is number one. there was snow across los angeles. in places just west of burbank seeing snow yesterday. 62 degrees is the high in l.a. >> what did you say? snow west of burbank? >> yeah, little bit higher up, you know, in the hills there. >> that's california for you. it can be the coldest place in the country and the warmest at the same time. death valley and where's that place that gets very cold? you know it. >> little place. the cold place. blue canyon? more snow later on tonight. the oscars, all about the kudos and couture, but james franco put on quite a show in his pink frock.
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five minutes to the top to have the hour now. charlie sheen's not backing down. the "new york post" is reporting the actor is putting together a $320 million lawsuit against cbs and warner brothers and he keeps giving interviews. >> all these radio rants have people thinking charlie sheen has got to be on drugs again. >> sure. yeah. i am on a drug. it's called charlie sheen. it's not available because if you try it once, you'll die. your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body. too much. no, it's just again, i woke up and decided i've been kicked around, criticized, awe shucks, this guy with this rock star
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life, i'm just going to completely embrace it and love it violently and defend it violently through violent hatred. >> wow. sheen says despite the fact that his contract ends next year, he is willing to consider an additional season of "two and a half men" if he gets a big raise. he says part of that would cover the cost of the shows crew who lost pay when the season was canceled. just the gift that keeps on giving. >> yes, he is. unfortunately for him and -- >> the workers. >> we're going to take a break. when we come back, we're going to show you some of the oscar fashions. who hit it out of the park and who didn't. we'll be right back. that's why northern trust offers a full team of experts who work to understand your goals and help you achieve them. as one of the nation's largest wealth managers, northern trust's goals-based investment strategies are tailored to your needs. ♪ and overseen by experts who seek to maximize opportunities while minimizing risk.
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the oscars, hollywood big night. we're going to show you a couple of outfits. you like mila kunis, huh? >> you're going to take the lead. but i noticed what she was wearing. >> lace and lilac. a really pretty, soft romantic look. a chiffon gown. move your head, buddy. there she is. that's pretty, right? >> it's interesting, yes. >> so, what if your date showed up in this?

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